SOME SIGNS OF A FATHER OF MERCY VOCATION
- A desire to become a saint
- Love of the Holy Eucharist
- Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Fidelity to the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Church
- Zeal for the salvation of souls
The Fathers of Mercy host “Come and See” Retreats for men who would like to experience several days in the life of the community. To arrange a visit to the Fathers of Mercy Generalate, please contact the Vocation Director for the possibility of spending a weekend with the community. This is an opportunity to meet some of the men in formation and the priests who are involved with the community apostolates on the mission band or in the parishes. The weekends generally begin Friday afternoon, and end Sunday afternoon after lunch. (Longer visits are a possibility upon request.)
“Come and See” Vocation Visitation Retreat Dates:
So, if you’re a man between the ages of 18 and 40 and believe that God may be calling you to pursue a religious vocation, please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Joseph Aytona, CPM, if you would like to attend a “Come and See” weekend, or for more information:
(270) 542-4146 ext. 2 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Currently, the Fathers of Mercy do not accept applicants who are not US Citizens. If in the future, we change our policy, we will update our website accordingly. Please do not contact us if you are not a US Citizen; we certainly will pray for your discernment though, whether you are a US citizen or not! God bless you.
Vocation Information about the Fathers of Mercy
Religious Life: Being Set Apart
The first duty of being a member of the Fathers of Mercy is Sanctity, that is, to become a Saint. By professing the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, we are set apart, consecrated body and soul, to be exclusively for God. By being faithful to these vows, a Father of Mercy becomes a sign of what it will be like in Heaven, when we see God face to face.
The Apostolate: Missionary Preaching
The Primary Work, or Apostolate, of the Fathers of Mercy is the preaching of Parish Missions and Retreats. At the request of a pastor or bishop, a priest is sent from our Congregation to preach the truths of our Faith in Love. One of the main goals of preaching parish missions is conversion, especially found in the Sacrament of Confession.
Eucharistic and Marian Devotion
Since we are consecrated religious and because our work is so demanding, the Fathers of Mercy have supreme love for the Holy Eucharist. Members celebrate daily the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and pray a daily Eucharistic Holy Hour. Likewise, all members of the Congregation recite five decades of the rosary and consecrate themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. Lastly, loyalty to the Pope and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church is essential to every Father of Mercy.
Founded in 1808 following the French Revolution, our holy founder, Fr. Jean Baptiste Rauzan brought together a band of missionary preachers to bring fallen away Catholics back to the Faith and to ignite further the Faith of those who never lost it. After 200 years, both the tradition and charism continues. The Fathers of Mercy preach parish missions, retreats and devotions and assist bishops with the staffing of rural parishes.
Air travel information: Visitors should make flight arrangements to the Nashville International Airport. The Fathers of Mercy are able to provide transportation to and from the airport in Nashville, TN.
Driving directions to the Fathers of Mercy: Take Interstate 65 (I-65) to Exit 20 B at Bowling Green, KY. Take exit 20 off of I-65. This automatically turns into the northbound lanes of the Natcher Parkway. Travel the Natcher Parkway for five miles and take Exit 7. At the end of this exit ramp is U.S. Highway 68/80. Turn left onto the U.S. Highway 68/80. After turning left onto U.S. Highway 68/80, travel on this road for about 10 miles. Keep an eye out for a large “Shaker Village and Museum” sign on the left side of the highway. Once you see the large “Shaker Village and Museum” sign on the left, make a left onto Rural Route 1466 (where the “Shaker Village and Museum” sign itself is located). Travel Rural Route 1466 for one-half mile, to its end. The road dead ends at Shaker Museum Road and the Shaker Museum buidling itself is on the immediate right. Turn right onto Shaker Museum Road; the Fathers of Mercy Generalate driveway entrance is about 100 yards ahead, on the right.
N.B. If you use a GPS device to travel to the Fathers of Mercy Generalate, it may not take you our address. That is why it is good to follow the signs for the “Shaker Village and Museum” once you are traveling on Highway 68/80.
An Authentic Formation: Seeking Holiness as Religious At the Fathers of Mercy, we believe in developing the whole man, body and soul, to make him the Soldier of Christ he’s called to be. Our Congregation strives to foster a strong fraternal community life which integrates in the individual man a well-founded balance of prayer, work […]Learn More